The HR Advisor

Amanda Evans

Amanda Evans

Amanda has over 20 years experience in operational and strategic HR across a diverse range of industries, including sports, events, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and hospitality. Amanda is accessible and approachable, providing hands-on support, advice and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved for every client.

Recent Posts by Amanda Evans:

How to Prepare for the Great Resignation as an Australian Employer

As it became clear that COVID-19 would be a once-in-a-generation pandemic, the general consensus was that economic impacts would be significant, fuelled by growing unemployment, in a vicious cycle.

It is staggering to think that unemployment has, instead, declined rather than grown and that employers are competing harder than ever to attract and retain great talent.

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5 HR Actions for Closing out the Year

Even though 2021 had its fair share of unique and memorable moments, the end-of-year chaos tends to follow the same script as years gone by.

You have multiple projects, employee reviews to complete, plans to finalise, events to attend, and the general sense of pressure to tie a bow on things before the clock strikes December 24.

As business leaders, our plates are beyond full at this time of year, which brings with it a propensity to miss the crucial one-percenters that set your team up for a positive and productive year ahead.

So, here are five key HR actions you can adopt to close out the year the right way.

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5 Fundamentals for Transitioning Employees into Effective Managers

The transition from 'positive and productive team member' to 'effective leader' is far from simple.

Juggling the complexity of their new role, the number of direct reports and the time spent with each is particularly challenging in the first instance, which is why preparation is crucial. In fact, it could be one of the best investments your business makes.

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Setting HR Goals That Matter

As business leaders, the quality of your goals and plans determines how productive your teams will be, which ultimately shapes your overall business success.

While it stands to reason that each role needs this same planning and goal-setting focus, it is an area many businesses overlook.

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How to Conduct Employee Performance Reviews in the New Era

There are 4 common schedules for employee performance reviews; annually at the anniversary of their commencement, annually at the start of the financial year, annually at the start/end of the calendar year and more frequent goal-based check-ins.

Regardless of the schedule, many businesses have not been equipped to undertake thorough employee performance reviews in their most recent period.

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How To Attract & Retain Top Talent

2020 saw recruitment and talent management plans come to a halt for most businesses. As recently as 6 months ago, it was a common belief that those ready to fire up their talent acquisition could have their pick of the market for the foreseeable future. That is far from how it has played out.

We all know that one of the most important aspects of any business is its people. By strategically attracting and retaining top talent, you will effectively create a stronger employee brand and improve organisational performance.

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The 6 Essential HR Foundations For Your Business

As business owners and leaders, we sometimes know we have work to do on our HR processes, but it all feels too hard. But you know what’s harder? Mopping up the inevitable HR issues if you don’t have the foundations right! There are several areas that should be a priority for all business leaders to ensure that issues are minimised and your people are engaged and productive.

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Improving your workplace culture as we head into COVID normal

Office birthday cakes, Friday lunches, walking meetings - there have been lots of little things that we have missed about work in the last nine months. In the scheme of things, no one has really put much weight of importance on the loss of these rituals - but the demise of company culture can be a death by a thousand cuts.

There is no doubt that culture is much more difficult to maintain remotely, and for most businesses, there is going to be a pandemic ‘before’ and ‘after’ when it comes to organisational culture.

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7 HR Essentials for a COVID Normal Business

It's incredible to think that we're nearly at the end of 2020 and that the pandemic that has defined the year is continuing to shape our work, our social lives, how we eat, shop and travel.

Knowing that we are (hopefully!) at the tail end of this thing is inciting a level of positivity not experienced in some months. However, there are many people also feeling anxious or tentative about returning to their old lives, which presents some key HR challenges for employers in running a COVID normal business.

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5 Steps to Avoid Falling Into an HR Compliance Trap

Say the words ‘HR’ to any business owner and watch them sink into their seat and see their smile quickly fade. The thought of navigating employment legislation can evoke nightmares in even the calmest and level headed of business owners. And for good reason. HR is a significant risk area for a business.

HR problems can be the difference between a business thriving or just surviving; or even surviving and shutting the doors.
The current economic climate is challenging enough; you don't want HR issues to be what dictates your business survival.

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